Community Leadership

Fashion Cats

Students taking Intro Community Service Leadership (CSL 401) and with the support of Wildcat Friends, prepare for the pop-up thirft store, The Fashion Cats!

Taking the lead!

"I’ve worked with great people and organizations. I’m very proud of taking a leadership role in recruiting volunteers and raising funds to paint the Waysmeet Center, home to United Campus Ministry." - Maggi Hanson ‘13

Capstone Projects & Portfolios

Congratulations to the CoLead students who presented their Capstone Projects and Portfolios!  The Community Leadership Program is an innovative associate degree and certificate program that prepares students of all ages to work effectively within community organizations and to be active, influential citizens. This exhibition displays students’ leadership portfolios and highlights significant community projects and partnerships.

COLEAD - "Purposefully Powerful"

Whether you have just graduated from high school, are considering a career change, or already work within a community organization, this award-winning program can help you build valuable skills in:

  • supervising volunteers
  • facilitating meetings
  • speaking in public
  • organizing events
  • writing press releases
  • fundraising
  • creating newsletters
  • grant writing
  • non-profit budgeting and accounting practices

Community Leadership (CoLead) is one of only a handful of programs nationwide to combine hands-on community outreach with an academic study of communities, leadership, citizen influence, and non-profit organization management.

Under faculty guidance, our students work in:

  • schools
  • crisis shelters
  • environmental organizations
  • animal care facilities
  • museums
  • advocacy programs
  • town offices
  • citizen groups
  • other community-related organizations

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants to the Community Leadership program area must present college preparatory English and at least two years of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics, and demonstrate community service or leadership experience plus strong verbal and written communication skills.


Are you interested in:

  • Developing your leadership and management skills?
  • Learning how to work more effectively with others?
  • Creating successful groups?
  • Making a difference in your community?

The Thompson School’s Community Leadership program is designed for students who wish to transform a passion for community activism into a rewarding career.  Students grow through a combination of learning and hands-on experiences which prepares them to work collaboratively in leadership roles to find positive solutions to shared problems and to effect social change at local, regional and national levels.